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South Carolina EMS Association

Legislative Accomplishments

Legislative Accomplishments

  • Successful in getting several increases to the SC EMS GIA.
  • Successful in getting SC EMS included in the Trauma System funding started in 2007. SC EMS agencies, the EMS Regional Offices, and DHEC receive 21% of the funding.
  • Successful in raising Medicaid BLS rates from $98.35 in 2001 to $136.19 in 2008 and ALS rates from $131.30 in 2001 to $170.70 in 2008. This occurred while other agencies were receiving Medicaid cuts.
  • Successful in getting 2 additional DHEC inspectors hired.
  • Successful in getting a law passed that requires all certifying/recertifying EMT/EMTI/Paramedics in SC to undergo a federal background check. This protects the EMS agencies and, most importantly, the patients we serve.
  • Successful in getting EMS Medicaid funds from being subject to two additional budget cuts in FY 2009.
  • Formed a loose alliance with the SC Hospital Association, the SC Health Care Association and SCAC along with others to combine legislative efforts.
  • Fought the Stretcher Van Regulation in order to maintain professional and competent care of the citizens of SC.
  • Instrumental in improving a re-write of Regulation 61-7
  • Worked with DHEC to improve/streamline the EMS GIA process
  • Partnered with the North Central EMS Consortium to provide discounts to SCEMSA members.
  • Championed the fight for EMS to be included in 25 year retirement
  • Set the course both legislatively and professionally as a recognized public safety component.

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WHAT HAS SCEMSA DONE OUTSIDE OF SOUTH CAROLINA TO REPRESENT AND ADVOCATE FOR THE EMS PROFESSION?

  • Representatives from SCEMSA attended the EMS “On The Hill” day in Washington D.C. to support federal EMS advocacy.
  • Attended the EMS World Expo in New Orleans and presented our success story. The SCEMSA was recognized as one of the most progressive and fastest growing associations in the nation.
  • Representation at the NAEMT Affiliate Advisory Council, Workforce, Advocacy, and Membership subcommittees.
  • Provide Call to Action items for members and EMS providers in SC to be a unified voice for EMS.  See our current issues using the link below.


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PO Box 1033
Summerville, SC 29484

 
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